Justice Department Continues To Fight Against Fixed Bail Amounts
The department says the practice violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.By Eugene Daniels | August 21, 2016
The Justice Department is making it pretty clear: It is very serious about criminal justice reform. This time, it's keeping up its fight against fixed cash bail amounts in state courts.
Fixed bails can make it hard for poor people to pay before their trial, so they end up sitting behind bars until their actual court date. The DOJ said this practice violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.